The Eloquent Woman's top 10 public speaking posts for 2014

The Eloquent Woman

You''ll see a separate list of our most popular Famous Speech Friday posts for 2014 on Friday. Here''s what you read most in 2014: Talk About the Talk: Caroline Goyder on confident speaking at TEDxBrixton shares the first-person perspective of a speaker I worked with this year.

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How @TEDMED achieved 51 percent women speakers in 2014

The Eloquent Woman

Assefi hosting a session at TEDMED 2014 (Editor''s note: TEDMED director of stage content Nassim Assefi is a doctor, novelist, civic activist, TED Fellow and active member of the TED community. TEDMED 2014 has shown it''s possible when you prioritize it.

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Trending Sources

Presentation design trends

PowerPoint Tips

This is a guest post by Mike Parkinson. Mike is an internationally recognized visual communication and presentation expert, trainer, and award-winning author. Over the last 22 years, he created thousands of presentations that results in improved success rates for his clients.

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Make your webinars super interactive

PowerPoint Tips

This is a guest post from Brenda Bence , who is a corporate branding and personal branding expert. She wrote this as a tip for Speaker Net News subscribers and gave me permission to reprint it. You can read more about her at www.BrendaBence.com.

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Drowning your audience? Try these 3 livesavers.

Speak Schmeak

I''m currently participating in the Bloom Your Online Relationships Challenge , a 30-day free program to encourage relationship-building with our online communities, and today''s challenge dovetails perfectly with a post I''ve been wanting to write.

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Famous Speech Friday: Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner at the 2014 UN Climate Summit

The Eloquent Woman

The United Nations Climate Summit has been meeting in New York this week, drawing a slew of celebrities and heads of state. But the UN wanted the voice of a citizen, rather than a high-powered dignitary, to speak at the summit''s opening.

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Your stats are paralyzing your audience

Speak Schmeak

When you''re using statistics in a presentation, it''s really easy to get caught up in the numbers. And unfortunately, just because those numbers are meaningful to you, it doesn''t mean they''re at all fathomable to your audience.

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Place an open circle around something to emphasize it: Creating open shapes

PowerPoint Tips

Would you like to create shapes like this in PowerPoint? I like them because they look informal, hand drawn. They don’t come with PowerPoint, but you can easily create them using the Bézier Curve (Edit Points) feature. This feature is not well known because it isn’t on the ribbon.

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My 2015 holiday speaker gift list is here!

Speak Schmeak

It''s the most wonderful time of the year! And it''s also the time of the year, when I update my annual list of speaker gifts, to help you find the best gifts for the speaker in your life -- who might just be you!

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Presenting = Communicating = Training

PowerPoint Tips

If you’re a trainer or teacher, the title of this blog post if an obvious statement for you. But if you do more persuasive presentations, it may not be obvious.

2014 84

Seven speech-techniques powering Obama’s UN Address

The Presenter's Blog

by Peter Paskale. Powerful speeches contain powerful content. For that content to shine though, it must be mounted into a powerful structure. Barack Obama’s speech today at the UN General Assembly contained both.

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Technology is a luxury, not a necessity

Speak Schmeak

Via ABC News By now, you''ve probably seen the short video of Michael Bay walking off the stage at Samsung''s Consumer Electronics Show. In short, the teleprompter stopped working, he got flustered, and took off.

Invisibility works for superheroes -- not for speakers

Speak Schmeak

How many times have you held yourself back from doing what you wanted to do because you didn''t want to rock the boat? How many times have you held yourself back because "That''s the way it''s always been done?" How many times have you held yourself back for fear of embarrassment or being ostracized?

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Your presentation deserves the same respect as your website and brochures!

PowerPoint Tips

A story. Recently, I went to an Internet Marketing conference and met the owner of a company that sells high-end products for marketers.

How to Engage Your Audience In Three Sentences or Less

Matt Eventoff

The audience is seated. The lights dim and the room quiets. All eyes are on the dais. All too often, these are the words that are heard next: “Hi, thank you for having me. It is an honor to be here with you today. My name is __, and I am going to be speaking to you today about _.”.

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Sandra Zimmer featured in Houston Chronicle Article on Public Speaking as a Career Tool

Speaking Freely

Today, Sunday, March 23, 2014, The Houston Chronicle Jobs Section is printing an article entitled “Public Speaking an Important Career Tool.” ” This article written by Emilia Benton, a copy editor from the Special Publications of Houston Chronicle Media Group, features some of my ideas about the value of public speaking skills for career development. Benton [.].

How to present when there’s no time to prepare

PowerPoint Tips

A website visitor commented, “I find it a challenge to face the public if given an emergency task to address or chair a programme. I do panic and worry. How does one combat this?” ” Last minute presentations are common.

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Create a checklist graphic in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

I often create a slide that talks about x number of items: 6 tips for stunning slides. 10 ways to organize your time. 5 steps to a slide makeover. When I think how to visualize the concept of such a slide, I often (perhaps lamely) come up with a checklist.

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Show the current time on your PowerPoint slides

PowerPoint Tips

Let’s say that you’re running a meeting and want to keep everyone on track so that the meeting ends on time. These days, fewer people wear watches. (My My son says that if you wear a watch, it’s a sure sign that you’re over 30!)

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9 ways to use props for maximum impact in your presentations

Speak Schmeak

I discovered this fun challenge posted by Téa Silvestre Godfrey on Facebook, to use one of these 50 bizarre stock photos to inspire a blog post title. I couldn''t resist. And then I decided to go a step further and actually write the blog post inspired by the image!

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Speechwriting secrets for professional speakers

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This is the first of a two-part report on the September 27th meeting of Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association. On Saturday we heard from two communications experts: Speechwriter Pete Weissman and visual thinking expert David Sibbet.

Presentation delivery tips for the greatest impact

PowerPoint Tips

I just did a webinar for the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education called “Presentations that Impact Lives.” ” Near the end, I used a slide that summarized a few points about presentation delivery.

2 ways to collaborate with others on your presentations-Part I

PowerPoint Tips

Many presentations are collaborative efforts and you may have discovered that putting your comments in an email and attaching the latest version of the PowerPoint file gets confusing fast. Here are some problems with that method: There are multiple versions of the file all over the place.

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Customize the colors in your slide master

PowerPoint Tips

I see lots of messy presentations when I work with my clients. That’s why they come to me for help.) One of the areas that is often a disaster is the slide master.

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Create a video zoom effect from photos in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

You’ve probably seen videos which are just a series of photos that zoom in or perhaps move a little. You can create this in MovieMaker or a similar low-end video editor but you can also do it in PowerPoint.

Rotate objects precisely

PowerPoint Tips

PowerPoint makes simple object rotations very easy. If you don’t need to be precise. You can use an object’s rotation handle to drag an object around its middle. When you like what you see, release the mouse button and you’re done. If you need a common angle.

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How to show paper forms or software screens on a PowerPoint slide

PowerPoint Tips

Do you have to reproduce paper forms or software screens on PowerPoint slides? This is common for training. For example, one of my clients created a training session to help K-12 school administrators complete important forms for the state Department of Education.

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One Subtle Communication Secret for Getting Others to Hear Your Message

Speaking Freely

Sandra Zimmer’s Google+ By Sandra Zimmer 2014 The prevailing model for speaking persuasively is a style of speaking that is enthusiastic, energetic and extraverted. The speaker is asserting a point in hopes to convince the listener to agree. However, this model can be a trap. It puts you in the position of selling. Of course others don’t [.].

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Information doesn't excite your audience

Speak Schmeak

Photo Credit: Dan Harrelson via Compfight cc A client told me the other day that his wife says he never knows when to shut up. And he recognizes that this is a problem when he speaks. He told me he''s afraid that if he doesn''t give enough information, the audience won''t be as excited as he is.

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10 tips for improving your presentations & speeches

Presentation Zen

In September of this year, I was asked back to the TEDxKyoto stage to give a few words regarding tips from storytelling as they relate to modern presentations. The 15-minute talk can be viewed below. The title of the talk is "10 Ways to Make Better Presentations: Lessons from Storytellers."

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5 Surprising Ways to Calm Your Pre-Presentation Jitters

Matt Eventoff

What do Winston Churchill, Warren Buffet and John F. Kennedy have in common? Sure, all three achieved extraordinary success – but all three also suffered from a fear of public speaking. And each one overcame their fears and went on to become gifted speakers.

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Bill Murray on storytelling

Presentation Zen

If you are any kind of fan of Bill Murray at all, then you will enjoy this interview he did with Howard Stern last week. Murray, who is famously hard to get a hold of, does not do a lot of interviews like this, so it was a rare treat. It''s not a performance.

2014 61

8 Presenter Principles To Master: A Guest Posting by Jeff Hurt

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Jeff Hurt is the Executive Vice President, Education and Engagement, at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting. In 2012, he was recognized as the PCMA 2011 Educator of the Year.

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Public Speaking for Entrepreneurs – 3 Tips for a Successful Pitch

Matt Eventoff

Public speaking for entrepreneurs? Absolutely! The reality is that a presentation, a pitch or “casual” conversations about your company all qualify as examples of public speaking. When I ask entrepreneurs about public speaking, I often hear “I don’t have to give speeches.”. There are 3 universal ideas every entrepreneur should remember while pitching their startup: 1) You are Presenting for Your Audience, not Yourself.

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How To Close A Speech That Brings Your Audience To Their Feet

Matt Eventoff

You’ve engaged your audience from the beginning of your presentation. They nodded as you delivered your message. Their eyes were locked as you wove through a carefully crafted medley of stories, anecdotes and analogies, all supporting your message.

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The key to storytelling is not your perfection but your humanity

Presentation Zen

The Irish Times has a good, short piece on The Moth , the not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling.

2014 61

Guest Posting: 18 Tips for Mastering Public Speaking, by Kyle Ingham

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Kyle Ingham is the founder of The Distilled Man, a website that helps men learn essential “gentlemanly” skills. Like knowing how to cook a perfect steak. How to mix a cocktail. Or how to give a toast.

2014 60

The biology of courage: Make stress your friend

Speak Schmeak

Kelly McGonigal says, "How you think about stress matters." It''s a not-very-well-kept secret that a person''s attitude toward stress makes a big difference in how they respond in stressful situations.

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Starting 2014 with 128 speeches in The Eloquent Woman Index

The Eloquent Woman

We celebrated our 100th post , and we''re starting 2014 with a total of 128 famous speeches by women, most with an emphasis on women''s issues.

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7 things good communicators must not do

Presentation Zen

In this simple but informative TED Talk , Julian Treasure offers up seven things that effective communicators must exclude from speech. This list of seven is a kind of "bad habits to avoid" list.

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